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Poster: vaagheid Date: Apr 7, 2009 9:20am
Forum: feature_films Subject: What's the case with "They Eat Scum"

I have seen this film mentioned here a couple of times (I believe once even by me) but never saw a post that really explained to me if it was PD or not???

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Apr 7, 2009 11:55pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What's the case with 'They Eat Scum'

I've never seen the film but, like many independent films, it was never registered for copyright. Basicaly for any film that was released after 1978 if it does not have a correct copyright notice and was not registered within 5 years it is public domain. If it contains a valid notice it is not Public DOmain but as long as it is not registered with the US copyright office the copyright holder cannot sue or claim damages for infringement. This creates a kind of ad hoc form of public domain status that some people call "the grey market".